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Bastet: 9 Ways to Work With the Egyptian Cat Goddess of the Home

Today, Bastet is one of the more popular Egyptian goddesses. But when you look up ways to honor and work with her in your practice, there’s mostly superficial level recommendations. At least from my research. In this article, we talk about her amazing, divine qualities and provide 9 simple ways to work with the Egyptian cat goddess.

Who is Bastet? A History of the Egyptian Cat Goddess

Bastet, originally Ubaste or Bast, is the Egyptian cat goddess often depicted in Egyptian TV scenes, movies, and books. She is typically represented by the image of a cat. Or she takes the form of an attractive woman with the head of a cat. Scholars believe this goddess might have once been the Egyptian lion-headed goddess of war Sekhmet. But over time, her persona softened and she became a new deity – Bastet.

According to Judika Iles, Bastet’s cult “began in the Nile Delta swamps.” Her worship began around 3500 BC but gained popularity around 950 BC. Her major temple was at the cult center city Bubastis, where her annual festival was held. Boats floated up the Nile River traveling to Bubastis, full of women letting their hair down, so to speak, and ritually lifting their skirts to expose themselves. Sounds crazy today, but then it was a means of laughter and celebrating the female body and sexuality. The ancient festival was a time to drink, dance, celebrate one another’s beauty, and chase away illness and evil spirits.

Bastet’s Magical Domain

Bastet calls to those she feels are worthy. If you’ve been called to work with the cat goddess, consider yourself blessed! If you own a cat, you’re more likely to be chosen by Bastet. She also is patron of mothers, healers, magicians, diviners, dancers, and musicians. She rules over physical and spiritual domains including: protection of the home, women and children, marriage, protection of cats, she wards off illness, promotes fertility, and aids in childbirth. Sexuality, reverie, perfume, beauty, and war are also her domain. She’s associated with the Eye of Ra, the Sun and the moon. She’s also a psychopomp – one who guides the dead to the afterlife.

9 Ways to Honor and Work With Bastet

As you get to know the Lady of Perfumes, the way you work with her in your spiritual practice will grow and be unique to your path. Here are nine ways (like the 9 lives of a cat) to get started working with the Egyptian Cat Goddess:

1. Read and Research

This will always be number one when working with any goddess, god or spirit. Read, study, and research her history, origins, read the myths she took part in. What was her role in Ancient Egypt? Her favorite offerings? Getting to know Bastet’s qualities and stories is number one in honoring her as a goddess.

2. Set Up a Bastet Altar

Designate a shelf, tabletop, or credenza as Bastet’s altar. Place a statue or representation of her there. Also a few candles, incense and burner, and a few of her symbols like the Eye of Ra and the Ankh. Giving her sacred space honors her energy and gives you a place to contact her directly.

3. Offerings for Bastet

Once you’ve set up a Bastet altar, providing appropriate offerings is another way to start working with her. Bastet, being the Lady of Perfumes, loves perfume of all kinds. Give her whole bottles OR spritz some perfume around her altar. Tell her why you’re giving her each offering. Frankincense and myrrh incense is another traditional offering to Bastet. Anything cat-related: particularly the catnip herb is a great offering too. I’ve also found she enjoys: wine, beer, tea, chamomile and myrrh essential oils, jasmine and lavender incense.

4. Play the Sistrum

The sistrum is a traditional ancient Egyptian instrument. Bastet holds a sistrum in many of her depictions and statues. It was used in ritual in ancient Egyptian times. Purchase a sistrum online (Amazon carries them!) and play it when you’re invoking Bastet in ritual or simply to honor her. Dancing is another favored activity.

Prayer to the egyptian cat goddess.
Prayer to Bastet inspired by a tomb inscription.

5. Care for Cats

If you don’t have a cat, adopt a cat in Bastet’s honor. Tell her that you’re adopting a cat in her name. Bastet, being the Egyptian cat goddess, adores people who are cat-lovers and owners. If you can’t care for a cat, volunteer at a shelter or rescue to help care for cats without homes OR donate items for cats: cat food, blankets, toys, etc.

6. Make an Egyptian Cat Goddess Ointment

Bastet’s name translates to “She of the Ointment Jar”. Which indicates she was associated with ointments in ancient Egypt. Craft a special protection ointment for Bastet, be sure to include catnip or other herbs linked to cats or ancient Egypt. Once it’s made, leave some on her altar as an offering and keep some to anoint yourself with during ritual to invoke Bastet’s protection.

7. Throw a Bastet Festival

If your friends or family is willing, throw a Bastet party! Bastet was honored in her cult center the city of Bubastic on a yearly basis. The Egyptians threw a huge festival in her honor complete with drinking, dancing, and crazy revelry! Even having a dinner party with wine and dancing in Bastet’s name would be a huge honor to her.

8. Sunbathing

Bathe in the sunlight and honor Bastet, the cat goddess. After all, cats love bathing in the sun, don’t they? In the summer, throw on some sunblock and go outside. Feel the sun’s warmth and rays and know that Bastet’s energy is vibrating through you. Bask in the sunlight like a cat!

9. Celebrate YOUR Sexuality

It doesn’t matter what your gender or sexual preference is, Bastet beckons to her followers to celebrate their own sexuality. To celebrate their bodies and honor themselves, even when others don’t. By appreciating and loving yourself, all aspects of yourself, you embody the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet. She’s smiling upon you!

As You Get To Know Bastet…

The more you work with Bastet, the more you’ll get to know her. What she likes, how she helps you, how to invoke her in ritual, etc. These 9 suggestions might become second-nature AND you’ll add your own magical and spiritual practices to the list. You’ll even learn things about her that no book or website could teach you.

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Bastet: 9 Ways to Work With the Egyptian Cat Goddess

26 Comments

  1. Jayrald

    October 18, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    When I think of cats I get so emotional. I have a way of calling cats and they come to me. I love Bastet, I really believe she has called me as well as Hecate. These are the two Goddesses I hold so dearly in my heart. I have two cats and I love them so much like a parent who loves her children. May we all be blessed by Goddess Bastet.

  2. Amanda

    September 17, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you. When my cat was sick and didnt seem to be getting better I asked Bastet for her help to heal and protect my kitty, and she delivered. When I picked my cat up from the vet she was completely cured, all tests negative, so I wanted to make an offering to Bastet to thank her. I have a statue of her on my alter but will move it elsewhere as soon as I find a good space and surround it with things for her. Especially the perfume.

  3. liza

    April 30, 2021 at 4:27 am

    I was at risk of a stroke and Bastet completely prevented it. She also made my car work when my wngibe was failing on the highway.

  4. Fernando Stowell-Flores

    February 7, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I’m a gay cis-man who recently fell in love with Catwoman. I love the story how in Batman Returns, she’s meak and quiet but then channels her anger using her feline feminine power. Femininity is powerful and nothing to be ashamed of. I’m unabashedly accepting and harnessing my divine feminine that I was punished for expressing since childhood. I then found out about my Lilith in Leo placement in the first house. Being in the 1st house, Lilith will always show up in myself and body no matter how hard I try to hide it. She literally lives in me! I feel like these two Goddesses are calling to me to learn more.

    1. Wilske

      February 26, 2021 at 12:19 pm

      I have my lilith in Leo 1st house too!!
      Love

    2. tae

      April 24, 2021 at 11:12 am

      i see you, babies, and i will come for & give you the comfort you seek. <3

  5. Anonymous

    January 28, 2021 at 7:24 am

    I was called to read this. I’m into the exact same things lke perfume , dancing , lavender etc😳

  6. Cat Goddesses & Male Cat Gods + How to Honor Them

    December 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    […] Bast is probably the most well-known of all ancient cat goddesses. She hails from ancient Egypt and was depicted as a black cat or as a woman with the head of a cat. Her cult center was at the ancient city of Bubastis. While Bast presided over light-hearted revelry and motherhood in Lower Egypt, her counterpart was Sekhmet, a fierce cat goddess from Upper Egypt. Bast was once a warrior goddess, too. In later years, her demeanor softened and Sekhmet came to be the feared lioness among the two cat goddesses. […]

    1. Rose

      April 28, 2021 at 9:58 pm

      I’ve been a priestess of Bast for over sixty years. She is most beloved and She has never once turned Her back on me. In all my years with her She has called me to cover my head in the day and I have always done so. I have worn a tiny gold image of Her for some forty years. She has brought me joy dance and music. She is my highest Mistress.

  7. Anonymous

    December 1, 2020 at 2:29 am

    I feel like Bastet is calling me! I have always known of her, although very little. When I was a child, I found a stray kitten in the woods and named her Bastet! Unfortunately the kitten later passed, but I named her Bastet with little to no knowledge of her whatsoever.

  8. siobhan walker

    November 25, 2020 at 7:19 am

    bastet basically screamed at me to work with her. iva been honoring her for so long without even knowing it. i have 5 cats and had cats all of my life! i bought a statue of her without researching her, my all time favorite smells to fill my room with is frankensence and myrrh incense, i can’t wait to work with her even more and do more research,she is so amazing💖✨❤️

    1. Midnight_Raven_

      July 7, 2021 at 2:33 pm

      yeah i got yelled at too- she basically showed up to me in the form of the color purple and my first reaction was “wut” because until then i had been working with/worshiping loki- but nope apparently bast wants me so be it

  9. Anonymous

    November 23, 2020 at 4:57 am

    How do I know it’s Bastet and not something else? I’ve been honoring her, praying to her. I feel like she’s been very active in my life. Knocking to yes or no answer. Communicating through my music. Sometimes I feel like a can hear her whisper, it’s very faint.

  10. Beata Golebiewska

    August 2, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    I love Goddess Bastet. She is within the soul of each cat. ❤🐈

  11. Dierdre L Bolton

    July 28, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Oh diety I hail you for you are my strength, I am happy to embody you for more healing….thank you for all you have assisted me in this thing called life💜

    1. Beata Golebiewska

      August 2, 2020 at 8:04 pm

      I love Goddess Bastet. She is within the soul of each cat. ❤🐈

  12. Mar

    July 25, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Goddess Bastet thank you for this page and me finding it, bless this writer… And thank you for the blessing.

  13. Mar

    July 19, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    This this is great advice, thank you. I have called on Bastet, thank you Goddess Bastet for keeping us safe for now and granting me peace.

  14. FRED MARLIN

    July 8, 2020 at 8:33 pm

    I love her. She is awesome.

  15. Jasmin

    July 7, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    I’m trying to learn more about this beautiful goddess!!! Images of black cats always pop up to me, I am extremely drawn to the colour red, and without knowing I’ve always had a statue of her! I only realised it was Bastet today! She has been trying to contact me for months! I have had a black cat for years, whenever I now meditate a cat appears with red eyes, and as I see this my cat meows and jumps up on to my lap! I am so glad I found her! Now I can honour her!

    1. Mandi

      July 16, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Same! I’ve had her and Anubis statue for years and years not realizing who they were completely

  16. Jamar

    July 6, 2020 at 3:00 am

    This is wonderful information. I have contacted Goddess Bastet Haagenti and she is the most loving.
    I thank Godess Bastet Haagenti for keeping us safe and hope she blessed all who read this post and my words. Peace be.

    1. Jamar

      October 7, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      Everyone, believe if you keep running into her, she calls you; answer. This post is very helpful to get started. Thank you Godess Bast-hagenti, thank you for this confirmation miracle.

  17. Arden

    April 20, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    This really helped me a lot and I hope to work with Bastet soon!

    1. Tonje

      April 29, 2020 at 3:04 pm

      I realise that I’ve been honouring her for years without consuously thinking about it! Will definitely follow this advice! ❤️

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